Thursday, June 26

Is Obama different?

Obama Is a Truly Democratic Expansionist by John Pilger

June 4th: at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Obama promised to support an "undivided Jerusalem" as Israel's capital.

Miami, May 23: Obama promised to continue a 47-year crippling embargo on Cuba that has been declared illegal by the UN year after year.

He described the democratically elected governments in Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua as a "vacuum" to be filled.

He raised the nonsense of Iranian influence in Latin America, and he endorsed Colombia's "right to strike terrorists who seek safe-havens across its borders".

He also endorsed the so-called Merida Initiative, which Amnesty International and others have condemned as the US bringing the "Colombian solution" to Mexico.

"We must press further south as well," he said.

Like all serious presidential candidates, past and present, Obama is a hawk and an expansionist.

Obama and Israel: An Analysis of Barack Obama's AIPAC Speech From Pierre Tristam

Obama hawked up his allegiance to Israel and played down sympathies to Palestinians or Arabs. He did so with such zeal that the speech shook up assumptions about Obama in the Arab press.

Obama mentioned al-Qaeda only once in his speech. He mentioned Iran 32 times, mostly to denote its belligerence and his willingness to take it on, militarily if necessary...
[His] statement is murky: he won’t sit down with Ahmadinejad just for the sake of talking, but he will sit down with “the appropriate Iranian leader at a time and place of my choosing.” Would that include Ahmadinejad, if he is still president of Iran following Iran’s upcoming presidential elections?

What riled Arabs and Palestinians most, however, was this statement: “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided.”

When Israel’s “Basic Law” upheld Jerusalem as its capital in 1980, the United Nations responded with a resolution declaring Israel’s act “null and void” under international law. Even in the eyes of official American policy—including the eyes of every president, George W. Bush among them—Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel. The United States has refused to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as have all but a handful of countries.

further critisism on the speech: Revisiting Obama's Speech to AIPAC By Rick Richman

Castro on Obama's Miami Speech: The Empire's Hypocritical Politics

Is it right for the president of the United States to order the assassination of any one person in the world, whatever the pretext may be?

Is it ethical for the president of the United States to order the torture of other human beings?

Should state terrorism be used by a country as powerful as the United States as an instrument to bring about peace on the planet?

The only form of cooperation the United States can offer other nations consist in the sending of military professionals to those countries.


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